And how Murakami did they come about?
The Flowers started as a group of four images that were featured on Takashi Murakami’s subway advertisement for the Seibu Department Store in 1995. With the images being so popular, it was just a matter of time before Murakami would release more art featuring the Flowers. In 1996, he released the Flower Matango poster series and his very own book, titled “Superflat.” A year later, three large-scale prints were unveiled at an exhibition held by Parco Museum in Tokyo.
Murakami’s designs have evolved over time since their inception with each new artwork incorporating influences from pop culture and current events. As a result, there
Murakami flower meaning
In an interview with GQ, Murakami explained that the Flowers are multi-purpose: “I use flowers as a motif to represent the natural cycle of life and death. So they can be positive or negative depending on what you want.” The artist also notably used them in his artwork for Kanye West’s Life of Pablo album cover.
But even if you aren’t familiar with the Flowers, it’s likely you’ve seen or heard them at least once before — whether or not you realized it. In Japan, where much of Murakami’s work has been commercialized, they have become popular slang for oral s*x — making them perhaps more publicly pervasive than their creator ever intended.
Murakami took this turn of events